In our present-day, non-Christians (especially well-informed intellectual non-Christians), claim that Christian belief is not rational. They make this claim not based on examination of the alleged facts of Christianity, they just throw out the facts as not worthy of true investigation and claim it’s absurdity. They usually say something like this, “Christianity is similar to belief in the tooth fairy. Belief in the tooth fairy is good and could even be useful, that is, for a child. But eventually a child must grow up and come to face the facts of reality. The tooth fairy doesn’t exist. It was only a scheme created by mothers to help kids sleep through the night, giving them little coins every now and then to make them feel special.” People who hold this view usually carry a sort of triumphalist mindset over Christians, because in their view they have “grown up” intellectually while Christians have remained intellectual children. Are they right? Is Christianity really a fairy tale? Do you have to put your mind on the shelf to be follower of Jesus? Paul didn’t think so. Listen to what he says before Agrippa in Acts 26.
So, King Agrippa, I did not prove disobedient to the heavenly vision, but kept declaring both to those of Damascus first, and also at Jerusalem and then throughout all the region of Judea, and even to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds appropriate to repentance. For this reason some Jews seized me in the temple and tried to put me to death. So, having obtained help from God, I stand to this day testifying both to small and great, stating nothing but what the Prophets and Moses said was going to take place; that the Christ was to suffer, and that by reason of His resurrection from the dead He would be the first to proclaim light both to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles.” While Paul was saying this in his defense, Festus said in a loud voice, “Paul, you are out of your mind! Your great learning is driving you mad.” But Paul said, “I am not out of my mind, most excellent Festus, what I am saying is true and reasonable.
Paul, in sharing his own testimony to King Agrippa, claims that his Christian belief is reasonable and rational. This means that it is rational to believe the gospel. It is rational thinking to believe the gospel is greater than you could have invented, that the Bible always seems to resonate as true in your life, that you cannot deny the clear testimony of the gospel power in your own life, that you now know Jesus because of His work! Bottom line? I agree that Christian belief isn’t rational, it’s super rational, it’s beyond reason! Take heart Christian, what you believe is true and reasonable.